Anatomy and Physiology

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Level 1 and is delivered at our Frenchay Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Anatomical terminology as it relates to body posture and describing orientation of organs/limbs in a clinical setting
  • Major skeletal structure, including an introduction to bone growth and development
  • Connective tissues: Introduction into cell types that make up the various connective tissues, and the function of connective tissue in the human body
  • Major muscle groups, including their relationship to connective tissues
  • Histological structure of endocrine, nerve and muscle tissues
  • Endocrinology; structure and function of the key endocrine organs and its relationship to homeostasis and normal function
  • Introduction to the Nervous System to include gross anatomy of the brain and spine. The electrochemical nature of nervous signals. Membrane and action potentials, nerve conduction, synaptic transmission
  • An introduction to the pharmacological nature of the autonomic nervous system. The neurotransmitters and receptors involved in autonomic function
  • Structure of the heart and its associate with major blood vessels, including lung structure and its relationship to the heart and associated function
  • The structure of the organs that make up the GI system, with focus on adaptations of each to carry out specific functions relating to stages of digestion
  • The structure of the kidneys and bladder, including nervous control of micturition
  • Structure and function of the male and female reproductive system
  • The process of human development from fertilisation to adulthood.


Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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